September 23, 2014

Journal of Dementia Care - September/October 2014

Full text articles are available to fee paying members of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW by emailing

News highlights p. 6-7

  • Increase in numbers of people diagnosed with dementia – new figures show that the number of people diagnosed with dementia in England has rising by 62% over the past 7 years
  • British Standards Institution standard for dementia-friendly communities under development
  • Dementia-friendly parliament

JDC asks….
Should care staff be taught how to use physical restrain techniques with people living with dementia?
p. 8-9 

Cheshire West : deprivation of liberty
The implications for care services of this important judgement  relating to deprivation of liberty for those who lack capacity to decide where they live are explained
p. 10 

Support in changing times
The author shares the story of supporting a younger man with dementia to remain at home with his wife for as long as possible, then when a long-term placement became necessary, working with nursing home staff to give him the best possible quality of life there
p. 11-12

Networking in London
Report on the progress made by the London Dementia Strategic Clinical Network in its first year of operation
p. 12-13 

Introducing Hope and Doodle
The wide-ranging work of Hope and Doodle, a self-advocacy group for people with dementia in South London
p. 14-15

A strategy for Switzerland
Introduction to Switzerland’s new national dementia strategy and description of how an innovative new course is preparing nurses to deliver on some of the strategy’s goals
 p. 16-17

Reminiscence symposium
Report on a meeting of experts and enthusiasts in reminiscence work
p. 18 

Charting carer satisfaction: the hospital experience
An evaluation of efforts at The Royal United Hospital Bath to comprehensively improve the support offered to people with dementia and their family carers
p. 19-21 

E-learning: does it work in dementia care?
Report on the potential of e-learning to improve knowledge about dementia among care staff
p. 22-25

Engagement and empowerment: a personal view
The author writes about his experience of being involved in a wide range of dementia-related activities
p. 26-28 

Semantic dementia: a long, sad, lonely journey
The story of one man’s altered diagnosis from Alzheimer’s disease to semantic dementia and the lack of professional awareness and support  encountered along the way
p. 29-31 

The Debenham Project: a carers’experiences in rural Suffolk
An in-depth research project that sought to capture the experience of carers of people living with dementia in rural Suffolk
p. 32-34

Research summaries p. 35-36
  • Impact of dementia - Literature review on the effects of dementia on individuals, their families and nursing staff
  • Exercise to improve walking –study aimed to determine whether a specific, standardized training regimen can improve gait in people with dementia
  • Life awareness through therapy dogs – report on a research team in Sweden video-recorded interactions between people with AD and visiting dogs.
  • Doll therapy – synopsis of doll therapy and a summary of current evidence, along with discussion of key ethical issues.
  • Assistive technology – review explores the provision of assistive technology products and services currently available within the UK
  • End of life care staff perceptions –  Belgian study
  • Palliative care education – a narrative review of evaluations of palliative care education for those working with people with dementia at the end of life
  • Multiprofessional preparation – detailed training needs analysis and staff perceptions of their preparation to care for people with dementia 

Resources p. 37-39
Creating culturally appropriate outside spaces and experiences for people with dementia: using nature and the outdoors in person-centred care
Reviewed by Wendy Brewin, Creative Spaces Project Manager for the Sensory Trust
This book is well worth a read…..the nearly 20 or so contributors from diverse countries demonstrate that it’s only by asking what nature means to an individual that we discover how important it is for them to have access to it, and how we can help that person get the best experience from nature and the outdoors.
The Library has copies of this book for loan
p. 37

Running self-help groups in sheltered and extra care accommodation for people who life with dementia
Published by the Mental Health Foundation this guide is based on its recent project in this area.  The guide is intended to help group facilitators and organisations wishing to set up and run similar self-help groups. It is aimed at those working with people living in sheltered or extra care housing, but it is hoped it will be of benefit to others working in dementia care.
The Library has copies of this guide for loan
p. 39

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